A Brief History of Indonesian Independence

–By Katia Oltman– Today is Indonesia’s 72nd birthday. Teachers and students across the country celebrate this day by participating in a number of performances, from singing and dancing to sack races and other games. To learn more about the history behind Indonesian Independence Day, I spoke with Farley Binalay, a history teacher from SMA Kristen…

Experiencing Colorism in Indonesia

— By Kayla Stewart — Recently, I went to the movies in Semarang with a friend. We noticed that all of the American films that have been shown in Indonesia during our grant have featured mostly white cast members. The films released here have been varied; fantasy and sci-fi, comedy and horror. Yet, despite making waves in…

Where Are You Really From?

–By Julius Tsai– “But where are you really from?”  I’ve been facing this inquiry in some form or another for my entire life. But never as much as I have in lush Central Java where I’ve been teaching English for the last eight months. Though I could conceivably pass as one of the many ethnic-Chinese…